Happy Canada Day!
Here some famous (and not so famous quotes about Canada (courtesy of Knights Canadian Info Collection)
Canada is like an old cow. The West feeds it. Ontario and Quebec milk it. And you can well imagine what it’s doing in the Maritimes. – Former Saskatchewan premier Tommy Douglas
Canada is the greatest nation in this country. – Former Toronto mayor Allan Lamport
Down in Newfoundland, we can hardly sleep for wondering when St. Pierre and Miquelon are going to invade. –John Crosbie (on the state of Canada’s military in 1983)
Gentlemen, we all must realize that neither side has any monopoly on sons of bitches.
C.D. Howe (in Washington to resolve a shipping dispute)
The fact is the statements are perfectly consistent, but more importantly, I don’t have all the facts. – Prime Minister Paul Martin.
I’ve been called treacherous, stupid, venal, lazy ..and that’s only by the Tories. – Peter McKay, former Tory leader.
Your majesty, I thank you from the bottom of my heart, and Madame Houde thanks you from her bottom too. – Montreal Mayor Camillien Houde (in 1939 to King George VI)
As always, Canada will now bury its war dead, just as the rest of the world, as always, will forget its sacrifice, just as it always forgets nearly everything Canada ever does. It seems that Canada’s historic mission is to come to the selfless aid both of its friends and of complete strangers, and then, once the crisis is over, to be well and truly ignored. Canada is the perpetual wallflower that stands on the edge of the hall, waiting for someone to come and ask her for a dance.- Kevin Myers (The Daily Telegraph, London)
I guess Canada is a nice country. I’ve never thought much about it.- Anon. Cal-State student
A constitution nursed upon the oxygen of our bright winter atmosphere makes its owner feel as though he could toss about the pine trees in his glee. – Lord Dufferin
I’m not an American! I am a Canadian. I come from a “nice,” thoroughly unrealistic country. – Matthew Fisher
The great themes of Canadian history are as follows: Keeping the Americans out, keeping the French in, and trying to get the Natives to somehow disappear. – Will Ferguson
After all, we fought the Yanks in 1812 and kicked them the hell out of our country – but not with blanks. – Farley Mowat
The US is our trading partner, our neighbour, our ally and our friend… and sometimes we’d like to give them such a smack! – Rick Mercer
Canadians have been so busy explaining to the Americans that we aren’t British, and to the British that we aren’t Americans that we haven’t had time to become Canadians. – Helen Gordon McPherson
Canadian nationalism is a subtle, easily misunderstood but powerful reality, expressed in a way that is not to state directed – something like a beer commercial or the death of a significant Canadian figure.- Paul Kopas
I don’t even know what street Canada is on. – Al Capone
I am so excited about Canadians ruling the world. – (Prime Minister) John Diefenbaker.
God Bless America, but God help Canada to put up with them! – Anonymous
We’ll explain the appeal of curling to you if you explain the appeal of the National Rifle Association to us. – Andy Barrie
What is a Canadian? A Canadian is a fellow wearing English tweeds, a Hong Kong shirt and Spanish shoes, who sips Brazilian coffee sweetened with Philippine sugar from a Bavarian cup while nibbling Swiss cheese, sitting at a Danish desk over a Persian rug, after coming home in a German car from an Italian movie… and then writes his Member of Parliament with a Japanese ballpoint pen on French paper, demanding that he do something about foreigners taking away our Canadian jobs. – Anonymous
The beaver, which has come to represent Canada as the eagle does the United States and the lion Britain, is a flat-tailed, slow-witted, toothy rodent known to bite off it’s own testicles or to stand under its own falling trees. – June Callwood
Many Canadian nationalists harbour the bizarre fear that should we ever reject royalty, we would instantly mutate into Americans, as though the Canadian sense of self is so frail and delicate a bud, that the only thing stopping it from being swallowed whole by the US is an English lady in a funny hat.- Will Ferguson
Canada is a country whose main exports are hockey players and cold fronts. Our main imports are baseball players and acid rain. – Pierre E. Trudeau
With or without the Royals, we are not Americans. Nor are we British. Or French. Or Void. We are something else. And the sooner we define this, the better. – Will Ferguson
In any world menu, Canada must be considered the vichyssoise of nations, it’s cold, half-French, and difficult to stir. – Stuart Keate
Canada has never been a melting-pot; more like a tossed salad. – Arnold Edinborough
I’m not going to play politics on the floor of the House of Commons. – (Prime Minister) John Turner
It’s going to be a great country when they finish unpacking it. –
Andrew H. Malcom
The huge advantage of Canada is its backwardness. – Marshall McLuhan
Canadians don’t have a very big political lever, we’re nice guys. – Paul Henderson
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